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Location Spain, Aragón
Central coordinates 0o 45.00' West  41o 30.00' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 7,400 ha
Altitude 160 - 206m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description A 25-km stretch of the River Ebro downstream from Zaragoza, including a number of abandoned meanders. Some areas of alluvial woodland, ponds and small areas of marsh vegetation remain in an otherwise intensively cultivated area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egretta garzetta breeding  1996  10-12 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax breeding  1996  90-100 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea breeding  1996  10-12 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus resident  1996  3-4 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
EL CASTELLAR - ES2430080 Habitats Directive 12,958 protected area is adjacent to site 0  
GALACHOS DE LA ALFRANCA DE PASTRIZ, LA CARTUJA Y EL BURGO DE EBRO - ES0000138 Birds Directive 2,186 protected area overlaps with site 1,545  
Galachos de la Alfranca de Pastriz,la Cartuja y El Natural Reserve 777 protected area contained by site 777  
RESERVA NATURAL DE LOS GALACHOS DE LA ALFRANCA DE PASTRIZ, LA CARTUJA Y EL BURGO DE EBRO - ES2430152 Habitats Directive 777 protected area contained by site 777  
SOTOS Y MEJANAS DEL EBRO - ES2430081 Habitats Directive 1,854 protected area overlaps with site 455  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest  30%
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  25%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  60%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 50%
forestry 30%
hunting 85%
nature conservation and research 15%

Protection status National Partial International Partial777 ha of IBA covered by Natural Reserve (Galachos de la Alfranca de Pastriz, la Cartuja y El, 777 ha). 777 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Galachos de la Alfranca de Pastriz,la Cartuja y El, 777 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: River Ebro ox-bow lakes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/07/2014

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